Last week the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, better known as CISPA, was reintroduced by Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Ranking Member C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD). The best way to stay on top of the latest developments is through the Sunlight Foundation’s Scout that will notify you on actions or mentions of the bill. I’ve set up a collection of alerts about CISPA that you can easily follow to keep you updated.
The collection starts with the alert on the recently introduced CISPA bill that will send you an email or text message for any official activity and votes on this bill including notices of upcoming hearings and when it’s coming to the floor. The CISPA collection also has alerts you can follow about speeches in Congress that use the phrase “Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act” or “CISPA” and, for those interested in wider coverage, has alerts for any mentions of “Cybersecurity” in federal regulations and state-level bills. It’s just a few clicks to follow the full collection of CISPA alerts, cherry-pick favorites or create your own custom ones at Scout.SunlightFoundation.com.
Scout is free and easy for anyone to use, just ask Harvard’s Paul D. Thacker that recently wrote this in a Life on the Hill blog post entitled, “Tips for Congressional Staffers: Why Are You Not Using Scout?“:
I’ll ask the question again: why are you NOT using Scout? If you work on the Hill, tracking legislation, new amendments, or your boss’s speeches, you need Scout. If you work as a reporter, tracking Members, you need Scout. If you work at a nonprofit, tracking Members and new policy, you need Scout.